While staying on the BLM lands of Joshua Tree South, we also met Mandy and Kevin from “188 Sq Ft.” We had been conversing on Instagram off and on for a little while before meeting, and I had also previously sent them a couple of custom pet mugs from “Mugsy Supply House,” my Etsy shop. We had talked about meeting up should our paths ever cross, and it turned out that they were headed to Joshua Tree South as our time there was coming to a close. It was perfect timing. Mandy messaged us on a random afternoon and asked if we wanted to come over for pad Thai, to which we obviously said yes.
Dinner was super fun, and we got to check out their beautiful remodeled fifth wheel and meet all their really cute pets. At some point, we mentioned that we were considering moving to a different campsite up the road soon. Since the spot they were staying at was really big, they invited us to come park next to them, and we are so glad we took them up on the offer! It was seriously such a great week.
Over the next week, we took turns having each other over for dinners and other fun activities in the evenings after work. We hosted taco night, movie night, and a bonfire night, all separately. They hosted that first dinner and a homemade gnocchi night, where they taught us how to make gnocchi, which is so delicious! We have since made our own homemade gnocchi using their awesome recipe.
Since we both have Etsy shops, Mandy and I each also took turns showing each other how we make our goods. She came over one morning and watched me make and package mugs, which is pretty boring compared to her jewelry-making. A few days later, I went over and watched her make lovely little onyx rings, and she even made one custom for me! It’s so cute and dainty, and I wear it as part of my daily jewelry get-up. (Check out her awesome jewelry shop: The Road to Silver.)
We also spent a full day exploring some of the surrounding areas that we had yet to see. In the morning, we drove up Mt. San Jacinto. The ascent was beautiful, and we were stoked to see pine trees everywhere since we had been in the desert for so long, where trees are few and far between.
We stopped at a few scenic overlooks during our drive up the mountain, and on one of these stops, I brought my lint roller out with me to work on while I walked to the vista (I know, so lame…#germanshepherdownerproblems). While taking pictures of the lovely view, I put the lint roller down on the sign, and I forgot it when we walked back to the car. Luckily, Bren ran back and retrieved it for me, but not before getting this silly shot:
When we reached the top of the mountain, we explored the cute little town of Idyllwild, where we had lunch and spent a couple hours exploring the little shops throughout the town. We headed back to our RVs around midday, with plans of heading out to explore again in the early evening.